As I think about crossovers, I feel that the Adult Swim original animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force (or "ATHF" for short) was deprived of an opportunity that could have been for the show had Mike Lazzo (the president of Time Warner-operated television network Adult Swim) not pulled the plug: the opportunity to let characters of the for-mature audiences sitcom (including series protagonists Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad) interact with characters from other television series owned by a Time-Warner company within the sitcom itself. While it's fortunate that series supporting character Carl Brutananadilewski will be getting his solo webseries spinoff (Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week), it is still a tragedy that Aqua Teen Hunger Force does not get to go on post 11 seasons. But suppose later on, Adult Swim decides to revive ATHF with a follow-up series that follows the format of The New Scooby-Doo Movies and Batman: The Brave and the Bold? Here at ENR, I take time reveal possible crossovers between Time-warner properties I'd like to see in an ATHF crossover show
1) ATHF meets Arrow
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is no stranger to mixing magic, sci-fi elements, and grim 'n edgy violence all in one place. Meanwhile, the DC Entertainment grim superhero drama television series Arrow started to get more sci-fi when it entered its third season thanks to the inclusion of metahumans. For a crossover, the Aqua Teens and the superhero squad of Arrow could deliver a perfect comedic narrative chemistry where the superheroes of both ends struggle to overcome differences while hunting a villain on the run, split up into pairs (the full-of-himself selfish leader Shake with the hypocrotical anti-hero hater Oliver queen/Arrow, the voice-of-reason Frylock with Arrow's right-hand man John Diggle/Spartan, and simple-minded joyloving youngster Meatwad with Roy Harper/Arsenal) with the Aqua Teens' neighbor Carl creating further problems between the groups by trying to make a hit on Team Arrow member Felicity Smoak (sexually).
2) ATHF meets The Powerpuff Girls
What do the Aqua Teens Hunger Force and The Powerpuff Girls have in common? Both each centers round a threesome of superbeings created by lab sciences. when you think about it as well as the fact that each series involves many major villains somehow associated with each other in a Legion of Doom-like alliance, ATHF is like the Powerpuff Girls of Adult Swim. Anyway, considering the production history of Powerpuff Girls and the fact that ATHF was created for adult audiences, having characters as guests on an ATHF crossover show could allow for PPG protagonists Blossom the smarty, Bubbleshe sweetiepie, and Buttercup the badass to use their original team name "Whoopass Girls" (note that "ass" could not be said on their television series due to Cartoon Network broadcast standards for kids' programming) as well as possibility for a tale of forbidden friendship where Meatwad forms a bond with the sweet-and-friendly Bubbles while Shake and Frylock are at odds with Blossom and Buttercup respectively despite a major chaos coming from their respective foes.
3) ATHF meets Supernatural
ATHF had its moments where the Aqua Teens came in contact with monsters, demons, and evil spirits. Plus, the show, like the Warner Bros. dark fantasy drama television series Supernatural, included a fictional version of the evil angel Lucifer/Satan. Supernatural's protagonists Dean and Sam Winchester, being professional hunters who deal with these kinds of problems on a regular basis, could be fit as guest characters providing aid for the aqua teens, even when a sometimes-guided Meatwad gets out of hand in his attempts to help Satan's rapping servant MC Pee Pants, who keeps coming back to the surface world each year in a new body to fullfil a mission assigned to him by the devil himself. And you know how Crowley on Supernatural is now at war with Satan despite being from hell himself? Well, an ATHF/Supernatural crossover event could expand on that war by portraying Crowley as an old rival of MC Pee Pants (maybe from his high school years), adding to the terror situations in session.
4) ATHF meets Minoriteam
Before ATHF got axed, there was another Adult Swim original that co-starred Dana Snyder (the voice of Master Shake) called "Minoriteam", which centered around a team of superheroes from different racial minorities, but it only lasted for one season. Now, it is both ATHF and Moniriteam with no action to perform onscreen, and if Aqua Teen Hunger Force was to spinoff a Batman: The Brave and the Bold-like follow-up series, this could deliver a double-Adult Swim supersquad event where two now-out-of-cartoons supersquads unite against Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday (led by the moonites Err and Ignignokt) and White Shadow Organization (led by White Shadow), their respective Legion of Doom-like villain organizations while trying to convince network execs of another dimension to depict more of their lives on the small screens.
5) ATHF meets The Big Bang Theory
While ATHF was not always having aqua teens deal with perils and supernatural forces, it never ceased to have the series protagonists in awkward situations, and like the four male protagonists of The Big Bang Theory (Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, Howard Wolowitz, and Raj Koothrappali), the aqua teens and their neighbor Carl were never afraid to reference sci-fi/fantasy movies from our real world while dealing with their daily lives. The TBBT male protagonists, through a guest appearance, could discover common grounds with the Aqua Teens and Carl; selfish leader Master Shake with Sheldon, voice of reason Frylock with Leonard, simple-minded joyloving oddman Meatwad with Raj, and sex-crazed womanizer Carl with Howard. And while an ATHF/TBBT crossover would not necessasirily be an action-packed event for the most part, it could be a versus event where the two groups challenge each other to a sci-fi/fantasy trivia war, even at a genre convention like San-Diego Comic-Con.
6) ATHF meets Scooby-Doo
Some of you may not remember this, but Aqua Teen Hunger Force actually started off with the mystery solving story format, only for it to be dropped after a few episodes unlike the case of each Scooby-Doo television series. A crossover where the Aqua Teens meet the Mystery Machine gang (consisting of Scooby-Doo, Freddy Jones, Velma Dinkley, Daphne Blake, Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, and Scrappy-Doo with scooby-Doo's cousin Scooby-Dum as honorary member) could not only be an opportunity for the Aqua Teens' hardly-used skills to be tested (to see if they are still cut out to be detectives after a long-time of not detecting anything), but also a versus event where they compete against Scooby's gang to see who could solve a monster/supernatural mystery first.
7) ATHF meets Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
Throughout the course of the Adult Swim original series Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law, the series' titular character served as defender for characters from a number of Hanna-Barbera animated series of the 1950s-1980s period in court battles. Sometimes I wondered if Harvey Birdman ever defended clients other than such characters offscreen during his career as a law attorney.
A guest appearance on a B: TBATB-like ATHF show could mark his first try in defending characters from another kind of Time-Warner cartoon show, even if Master Shake, who commited some illegal offenses before (if I recall correctly), was to be a defendant in a lawsuit.
So what do you think? Would you like to see any of these crossover events occur on screen? Do you have any Time Warner properties in mind other than what I listed you'd like to see Aqua Teen Hunger Force crossover with? Sound off your opinions in the comment box! Thanks for reading, see you next time, and if you like both crossovers and DC Universe, look out for this year's crossover episodes of Arrow, The Flash (2014), Supergirl (2015), and Legends of Tomorrow respectively(or you can just one or some of them, whatever your tastes are).